Mike McIntire @mmcintire Investigative reporter @nytimes | winner of @pulitzerprizes | author of Champions Way: Football, Florida and the Lost Soul of College Sports. Oct. 28, 2019 1 min read

1/ This story deserves more attention. It took a decade of reporting and litigation to force Americans for Job Security, posing as a nonpartisan tax-exempt labor promoter, to give up records showing it's actually a front for rich people to influence elections from the shadows...

2/ A campaign finance investigation in Alaska concluded as much in 2009, openly calling AJS a "sham" organization ...

3/ A story I did in 2010 found that it's public address was merely a mail drop, and that in reality it worked out of the offices of a Republican consulting firm  https://tinyurl.com/y4f9enxk  ...

4/ The story showed that AJS bankrolled ads trashing Democrats, while filing misleading tax returns claiming its revenue came from "membership dues." When I asked them who their members were and how much dues cost, they wouldn't tell me... https://tinyurl.com/y4f9enxk 

5/ FEC lawyers investigating a complaint filed by CREW in 2012 found that AJS likely violated the law, but the commission's GOP members blocked enforcement and the complaint was dismissed...

6/ A federal court ordered the FEC to reopen the case in 2016. The records released as a result show AJS was awash in dark money from billionaires, astro-turf outfits and special interests pushing agendas far different from what AJS claimed. Full list:  https://tinyurl.com/y2l2xf58 


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